September 17, 2012 |
A succession of child-welfare professionals, including Department of Human Services social workers, a Family Court judge, city lawyers, and a doctor, all missed chances to rescue 6-year-old Khalil Wimes from the abusive parents who were charged with his murder in March, according to a state-mandated review of his death. Khalil was dead from head trauma, his emaciated corpse covered in scars, when his parents - Floyd Wimes, 48, and Tina Cuffie, 44 - took him to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on the night of March 19. An Inquirer review showed Khalil spent the final months of his life beaten, undernourished, desperately ill, and out of school, all while DHS failed to recognize a child in danger.
July 16, 2013 |
REGULAR READERS of this column know that Tattle is no fan of the "faux reality" TV empire built on the breasts and buttocks of Kim Kardashian and her whiny, overindulged family. But no matter how much attention she craves, no one except her doctors should have access to her medical records. So it's encouraging that hospital-to-the-stars Cedars-Sinai has reportedly fired half-a-dozen employees, according to the Los Angeles Times , for hacking patient records, including those of North 's mama.
October 25, 2012
A 57-year-old Gloucester County woman on Wednesday became the latest New Jersey resident diagnosed with possible fungal meningitis from a tainted steroid medication traced to a Framingham, Mass., pharmacy. The woman is recovering at South Jersey Healthcare Regional Medical Center in Vineland, the same place where she had the medication administered July 12, according to the state health department. An agency spokeswoman would not say where the woman lives. Seventeen probable cases of fungal meningitis and one confirmed case have been reported in the state, all in South Jersey.
February 16, 2012
Senate confirms Cuba-born judge WASHINGTON - The first Cuban-born judge to serve on the Atlanta-based U.S. appellate court was confirmed Wednesday by an overwhelming vote that said much about the way the Senate operates these days. Despite strong support from both parties, including tea party favorite Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.), the Senate had to break a filibuster to confirm U.S. District Judge Adalberto Jose Jordan, 94-5. The one-time clerk to now-retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is the newest member of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
June 22, 2013 |
A colleague of a Pennsauken doctor killed by her husband this week began treating some of her patients at his practice Thursday. Herman Cohen, a Pennsauken family physician who met Michelle E. Liggio during a residency program at Kennedy University Hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes Medical Center in 1993, had served as Liggio's on-call physician while she was on vacation. "Dr. Liggio had entrusted me to take care of her patients ... as we cross-covered for each other," he said.
February 10, 2012 |
Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman asked the county coroner to examine the body of Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua last week because the timing of the 88-year-old prelate's death struck her as "peculiar," she said Friday. Ferman acknowledged that she enlisted county Coroner Walter I. Hofman because the cardinal died one day after a Philadelphia judge said Bevilacqua could be called to testify at the child sex-abuse and endangerment trial of three current and former priests.
October 5, 2012
MINNEAPOLIS - Some Minnesota lawmakers hope to force the release of Lou Gehrig's medical records, saying that they might provide insight into whether the Yankees star died of the disease that came to take his name or whether repetitive head trauma played some kind of role. Their effort comes despite opposition from Mayo Clinic, which holds the records, and skepticism from experts that the records alone would prove anything. Rep. Phyllis Kahn, a Minneapolis Democrat and self-described baseball fanatic, conceded that the records "probably won't show anything.
April 1, 2012 |
NEW YORK - I was on Broadway when I suddenly walked right into Center City Philadelphia. It was weird - a big banner on the stage of the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre announced "PHILADELPHIA WELCOMES DELEGATES" and other signs told us we were at a 1960 presidential nominating convention. When the show started, Derek McLane's nifty set with rotating walls spun out to reveal a room in the Bellevue Stratford Hotel, which looked like the real thing from five decades back, down to the moldings.
June 8, 2012 |
Singer Lauryn Hill is facing the wrath of the federal government: The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark, N.J., has charged the former Fugees singer with three counts of willfully failing to file income-tax returns. The IRS says Hill, 37, best known for her '98 solo record, The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, never paid taxes on more than $1.6?mil she made over a three-year period. Hill, who lives in South Orange, N.J., must appear in federal court June 29. She faces up to one year in prison and a $100,000 fine for each count.
March 13, 2012 |
Kathryn Segesser says she believes the current thinking about eating disorders may be wrong. Segesser suspects that for centuries, anorexia and bulimia have afflicted both men and women. She would like to challenge the popular theory that blames modern cultural pressures and unrealistic images of beauty projected by lollipop-thin models. "I'm trying to see if, in the 18th century, people understood that there was some psychological reason that people decided not to eat," Segesser said.